Thomas Donald ‘Tom Dooley’ CHAPMAN

6/03/1953 – 2/12/2023

Loving husband of Kathleen.

Loving father of James (Charlie) and Lara,
Phillip (Lucky) and Emily.

Loving ‘Poppy Tom’ of Connor.

Companion of Floppy


Family and friends of ‘TOM DOOLEY’ are invited to attend a Service at the Eastern Park Chapel, 271 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool on FRIDAY (December 8) commencing at 2.00p.m.

The cortège will leave at the conclusion of the Service for the Tower Hill Cemetery.

Please click on this like to view Tom’s Funeral Service Stream.

Funeral Notice

ServiceDecember 8, 2023 - 2:00 pm271 Raglan Parade Warrnambool, VIC View MapVenue: Eastern Park


  1. To Kathleen and the Chapman family, sending condolences from the Ryan Family. In the late 1960s and into the early 1970’s, Dad (Gerry) bought a place in Ardlie Street that had horse stables, and Tom was a constant visitor to our home – he’d hang out and help Dad with the horses, then muck about with us kids. To us kids (all under 8 years old), Tom was a legend, more like a big brother to us, and we loved him company – We’ve always recalled Tom over the years, and what a great fellow he was. Glad to know that he had a wonderful family and life, as evidenced at todays service.

    With heartfelt sympathy, we say Rest In Peace, Tom.

    From, Gerry (dec) and Therese Ryan, along with their children, Michael and Francis (dec), Damien, Margaret, Andrew (dec), and Brendan.

    Damien Ryan December 8, 2023
  2. Rest in peace Dooley, Geoff Crispe (crispey) and Jacinta.

    Jacinta December 8, 2023
  3. To Kathleen and family our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this sad time .🌹Ian and Noellene Campbell

    Noellene Campbell December 8, 2023
  4. Our deepest simply to all the Chapman family , remembering Dooley in happier times In Price Place were we first met 🌹

    Sue Kelly December 6, 2023
  5. After playing cricket for over 45 years, I think the happiest times and memories were playing in a side with Tom Dooley. Never taking anything too seriously…… unless it was getting stuck into a teammate and Dooly was always upbeat.
    Possibly one of the highlights of my career was a day at the WACCA when Nirranda came to play. Naturally the all conquering Goomers were at the foot of the ladder and Nirranda on top. A batsman named Walter Burleigh had made two or three centuries in a row leading up to the game against Wangoom. (Everyone in the league thought Walter was going to make 200 in a day against us) As Dooley steamed in to to bowl the first ball of the day, he pitched it short of a length outside the off stump and Walter snicked it to Lachie Eccles at second slip and he was gone for a first ball duck. My favourite all time cricket memory.Although I have worked in catholic schools for over 40 years, I think this was the only miracle I had ever witnessed. Thank you Dooly, certainly one of a kind who we all appreciated for many reasons but naturally would never tell you.
    Thank you for the sense of fun, the team morale you built during some rather dark losing streaks, the banter,sledging of your team mates and friendship.
    All the best to Kathleen and family during these tricky times.
    Eugene Lee
    (Euey Duck, Wangoom snick specialist)

    Eugene Lee December 4, 2023
  6. To Kathleen James Phillip and families we wish to offer our prayers and thoughts to you all at this sad time. Dooley was a true gentleman. Love the McLean family

    Wayne Mclean December 2, 2023